Watch six of our favorite Neil Young cover songs (playing Wells Fargo Center this Thursday night)

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Neil Young recently released the sprawling rock record Psychedelic Pill with Crazy Horse. Young plays this Thursday evening, November 29th at the Wells Fargo Center with Patti Smith opening. There’s no hiding our love for Neil so as we ramp up to Thursday night’s show here’s some of our favorite covers of his songs.

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Ben Gibbard loosens up at The Keswick Theater (review, setlist)

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“I was worried about playing this show,” Ben Gibbard told the crowd at Glenside’s Keswick Theater last night. “I mean, not worried about being here, but more what kind of vibe today would have. But I’m very happy right now.”

Maybe it was because he was on post-Election Day cloud nine, or maybe it’s just the format of the tour, but this solo appearance had a loose mood and lively personality that we rarely get to see from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman.

For all its epic songs and their transcendent peaks and valleys, the Seattle band – historically speaking – is kind of a drag in concert. Over the years, they’ve repeatedly come off as too locked-in, too stiff, evidently unmoved and maybe even kinda bored by their own spectacular music. When Gibbard did banter with the crowd at those full-band shows, there was an air of detachment.

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Listen to a new song by Benjamin Gibbard, “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)” (playing the Keswick in Novermber)

Death Cab for Cutie front man Benjamin Gibbard releases his solo debut album, Former Lives, on October 16th. He just released another song from the album, which you can listen to below. We’re digging the old-timey, cowhand lazy waltz vibe of the song. Gibbard plays the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday, November 7th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.


Ben Gibbard collaborates with Aimee Mann on “Bigger Than Love,” comes to Keswick Theater 11/7

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first full-length solo album, Former Lives, on October 16, and his tour in support of it brings him through Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. This week, the folks at NPR Music‘s All Songs Considered included the album in their fall preview, and highlighted the song “Bigger Than Love” – breathtaking duet between Gibbard and Aimee Mann. Listen to the song here, and download the earlier single “Teardrop Windows” here.